Vietnam Records First Case of New COVID-19 Variant

New coronavirus variant recorded in Vietnam

Vietnam has recorded its first case of the new COVID-19 variant that has been spreading rapidly around the UK.

Vietnam Records First Case of New COVID-19 Variant
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According to the health ministry of Vietnam, it was detected in a 44-year-old woman who came from Britain.

She was quarantined upon her arrival and on December 24th, she tested positive for the new variant of coronavirus.

“Researchers ran gene-sequencing on the patient’s sample and found the strain is a variant known as ‘VOC 202012/01′”, the health ministry said.

According to, the new variant of COVID-19 is said to be 40% to 70% more transmissible than the original virus that originated in Wuhan, China.

This prompted several countries to implement a travel ban from and to Britain to contain the new variant of COVID-19.

However, Vietnam is yet to cut travel links as it continues to operate repatriation flights bringing its residents home.

Meanwhile, Vietnam was among the countries in Asia that has contained the original virus due to its strict quarantine and tracking measures.

It has recorded 1,474 cases and 35 fatalities.

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